There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12 NIV
I just read a good-bye letter from an individual who has decided to eliminate social media (Facebook) from his life. He has the desire to reflect on his own thoughts, identify his beliefs, and perform a deep evaluation of who he really is as a person. There was also the mention of the need for companionship which led him to make the decision to buy a cat.
There are a vast number of individuals who live without familial support or close friendships. We live in a virtual world where face to face contact and communication has rapidly declined. It is easier to send text messages or FaceTime with friends or family than to interrupt our hurried lives with the inconvenience of a face-to-face visit.
As popular as the virtual world has become, we have become desensitized to the needs of others; the loving bonds that humans require for stability, strength, and validation have been weakened to the point that we use social media to post death notifications as if it were of no great importance.
What is your present Quality of Life?
There are additional drawbacks to following the popular behaviors of mainstream society. We begin to lose our individuality: Reflection on one’s life can bring the feelings of satisfaction or remorse. If you are feeling lost or invisible and your present lifestyle is nonproductive or has you thinking, “there has to be a better way”, then identify the areas that you can change. Often the behaviors or habits that lead to dissatisfaction can be modified with a realistic plan and perseverance.
In 2007, I lived in New Jersey, working on a job which required 12 hours of actual work as opposed to the 8 hour day that was supposed to be a benefit of the position. As soon as I qualified for PTO, I took a few days off and started mailing resumes to facilities in Upstate New York. Within two months, I relocated to an area that had a slower pace of life along with a job that had a realistic work schedule.
There are times when your life only requires minor adjustments to achieve a healthy and productive status, and there are times when your life needs a major change.
My decision to relocate to Upstate NY was based on a real talk with God through prayer. When all of the pieces of the puzzle came together, I knew that God had blessed my prospective plans.
Reflection of your present life should bring joy and satisfaction; if not, then it is time to say good-bye, whether it is people, places, or things. God desires to always give us hope.
Verse for today: “For I know the plans that I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
Prayer for today: Dear God, I am feeling change is necessary in my life to eliminate the emptiness that I possess. Please help me to identify the people, places, and things that I must say good-bye to. Thank you for providing a future full of hope for me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz